Tom Van Flandern received his Ph.D. degree in Astronomy from Yale University. He spent 20 years at the U.S. Naval Observatory, where he became the Chief of the Celestial Mechanics Branch. In 1991, Tom formed Meta Research, to foster research into ideas not otherwise supported solely because they conflict with mainstream theories in Astronomy and he is also the editor of the Meta Research Bulletin.
During the past few years, he has been a Research Associate at the University of Maryland Physics Department and a consultant to the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD, working on improving the accuracy of the Global Positioning System (GPS). In addition, Tom organizes the Eclipse Edge Expeditions to optimal solar eclipse viewing sites. He has been honored by a prize from the Gravity Research Foundation; served on the Council of American Astronomical Society's Division on Dynamical Astronomy; taught astronomy at the University of South Florida and to Navy Department employees; and been a consultant to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.
UFO disclosure was addressed by two guests.In the second hour, Disclosure Project witness Dan Willis shared his testimony that he presented at the 2001 conference. In 1969, he was a code operator and translated a coded message from a Navy ship off the coast of Alaska. Sailors reported seeing a bright glowing red elliptical object that shot off at around 7,000 mph, according to radar... More »
"There is evidence that the solar system started out with 12 planets of which only six remain today," said maverick astronomer Tom Van Flandern (metaresearch.org) when he appeared on Monday's show. Van Flandern was speaking about his Exploded Planet hypothesis, which suggests that the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter was once one of those 12 planets.